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  1. “Looking Back, Reaching Out, and Moving Forward” Review of Religious Life & Programming at UIndy STUDENT SURVEY FEEDBACK – SPRING 2010

  2. Survey Demographics

  3. Gender Breakdown

  4. Religious Affiliation • Other Listings • Christian (non-denom) = 4 • Hindu = 1 • Humanist = 1 • Jewish = 1 • Methodist = 5 • Protestant = 1 • Spiritual = 2

  5. Replies: Methodist = 41 Christian = 1 Lutheran = 1 Catholic = 2 Methodist officially, Catholic informally, and Christian denomination casually = 1

  6. If being religiously affiliated played a part in why you came to UIndy… 1. I was made aware of UIndy through my church 2. I liked that there were no sororities or fraternities and that the campus had a youth ministry degree... all of which I associate with it being a religious 3. I wanted to attend a Christian based institution 4. It made me a little weary, but I decided to come 5. I am a Methodist 6. I wanted to attend a college with the same religious beliefs

  7. ON-CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT

  8. If you are involved in on-campus religious/worship related activities please specify your involvement: Thursday Night Alive = 2 Compassionate Acts = 1 United Methodist Student Association = 2 Chapel Steward = 1 Praise & Worship = 10 Catholic Mass = 1 Meditation Room = 1 The Peak = 1 Mentoring = 2 Taize = 5 Fellowship of Christian Students = 1 The Deliverance Project = 1 Threshold Leader = 1 The Reunion = 1 Campus Crusade for Christ = 3 Bible Study = 4 CVOC Classes = 1 Chi Alpha = 1

  9. SATISFIED?

  10. Not Satisfied? Tell us why… 1. We do well as ecumenical, but I would love to see growth as far as interfaith! 2. Too disorganized; there are too many groups that meet at the same times. Re-organization of religious groups would do the E & I office a lot of good! 3. I understand it's a religious institution based on affiliation, but I would prefer professors not to refer to religion, God, etc. in class as not everyone in class is a Christian. 4. I don't really hear about meetings or Bible studies that take place. 5. I actually know nothing about it. Direct information is not provided. 6. I'm a science major and some professors really look down on Christians and really push evolution hard. I can't escape it as a double science major. It's just sad and I really pray that God would move in that place. 7. Sometimes I feel a little suffocated by Christian groups on campus with no outlets for my own. 8. I feel that the religious life on campus is geared toward those with strong faith in Christianity, rather than those searching for a faith. 9. I tried to attend a couple of bible studies but one didn't meet when a sign said it would, and another bible study leader did not get back with me about meeting. • I felt over 4 years that the religious life on campus was hypocritical and biased. I didn't feel welcomed or accepted.

  11. OFF-CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT

  12. Which best describes your interaction with the Chaplains/EIP Office?

  13. Not Satisfied? Tell us why… 1. We do well as ecumenical, but I would love to see growth as far as interfaith! 2. Too disorganized; there are too many groups that meet at the same times. Re-organization of religious groups would do the E & I office a lot of good! 3. I understand it's a religious institution based on affiliation, but I would prefer professors not to refer to religion, God, etc. in class as not everyone in class is a Christian. 4. I don't really hear about meetings or Bible studies that take place. 5. I actually know nothing about it. Direct information is not provided. 6. I'm a science major and some professors really look down on Christians and really push evolution hard. I can't escape it as a double science major. It's just sad and I really pray that God would move in that place. 7. Sometimes I feel a little suffocated by Christian groups on campus with no outlets for my own. 8. I feel that the religious life on campus is geared toward those with strong faith in Christianity, rather than those searching for a faith. 9. I tried to attend a couple of bible studies but one didn't meet when a sign said it would, and another bible study leader did not get back with me about meeting. • I felt over 4 years that the religious life on campus was hypocritical and biased. I didn't feel welcomed or accepted.

  14. What could the University do to improve your experiences in regards to religious life? • Continue all of the current programs • Lessen the amount of groups on campus so there could be several stronger groups instead of many little (3) • Worship on Sunday would be greatly appreciated • Regular bible study • Allow students to be more aware of what is happening on campus (4) • Work on the staff's attitude toward God, especially science department. I've had quite a few experiences. One professor in a class was teaching on evolution and at the end of the lecture, she showed a few cartoon jokes that basically said God is jiberish (that's described nicely). Another professor look at me and said, "You're educated! And you believe in God!?!" Yet another professor was doing a student advisory meeting for scheduling with a friend of mine (a Christian). He told her she could either take a philosophy class or a religion class. He asked her which one she was planning on taking. Then he tried to talk her into taking philosophy instead. The science department just needs help in this area. I feel that completely ignoring the possibility of God is flat out bad. • Have interdenominational/inter-religious events that celebrate and teach about religions. • Have more ways to be disciple and pushed. • Not come off judgmental or biased to strictly traditional • Have a service on Sunday evening lead by the Chaplains. • I would like there to be a bigger voice for the Catholic student organization.

  15. If I could change anything about religious life on campus… • Large social events with all the religious RSOs • More advertising (5) • More involvement • More Bible studies • Have a Sunday evening service lead by the Chaplains *As a side note, I did ask about what could be improved about getting information out to students….the majority of responses were: facebook, twitter, large/catch posters with pictures, weekly emails, etc.

  16. What are programs/activities/services that you wish were provided on campus in relation to religious life? • Interfaith service projects (3) • A chapel hour where nothing else could be scheduled and people who wanted to attend were able. • Permanent labyrinth on campus • Mandatory “History of Religion” course • Occasional sermons directed towards college students • Missions Trips • Interfaith forums

  17. Questions & Discussion… 1.